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Dec 6, 2012 2:00am PST
that it would be difficult to ratify an u.n. treaty that is based on existing u.s. law. but then again you might not have met the modern republican party where ideological zealots rule. on july 26 1990, president george bush sr. signed the americans with disabilities act. the bill passed the house and the senate with only 34 legislate34legislators total opposing it. yet today 38 republican senators voted no on the u.n. treaty that would extend the ada to the rest of the world. inclusion six who had voted yay on the bill in 19 ott. this was sufficient to block it. the treaty was adopted by the united nations six years ago and has since been ratified by 126 countries, just not the united states. even a last-minute appeal by former senator bob dole himself a disabled veteran, as well as every major veterans group and even the chamber of commerce could not sway senate republicans. but this is what has become of the republican party. a party whose views often dissend to the lowest common denominator and defined by paranoid fears of the u.n. that are devoid of any fact whatsoever. so one could underst
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Nov 30, 2012 5:00pm PST
: good evening i'm eliot spitzer and this is "viewpoint." after months of bloodshed in syria, the u.s. could be close to recognizing the country's rebel coalition. cairo's tahrir square is once again the scene of angry protests and as the islam mist dominated constituent assembly pushes you through the draft constitution. yes, the middle east is living down to its reputation as the world's leading source of turmoil. we start tonight in syria. the damascus airport was reopened friday following fighting that saw international flights canceled thursday republics say they destroyed regular syrian army vehicles near the airport while syrian military jets bombed damascus suburbs that are the strongholds for the rebellan. the rebels have enjoyed a series of tactical successes in the recent weeks capturing air bases and military supplies. the rebels have also scored on the diplomatic front as britain, france, turkey and the gulf cooperation council recently recognized their umbrella group the national coalition of syrian revolutionary and oppositional forces as the legitimate representative o
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Dec 3, 2012 5:00pm PST
, the treasury department has options. there is a constitutional option. no one believes that the u.s. government is going to default on its debt and stop paying interest on its bond. even if it did things are so bad throughout thest the rest of the world it would not cause people to dump our treasury securities. i don't think there is that much continuing that could be done even if we go down that road again. >> eliot: they have no place else to put their money. are they going to buy greek debt and declare a default? john boehner used that card. it failed, he got egg on his face and we were downgraded. all the negative things that people said would happen didn't happen and in fact just the opposite. but my advise advice would be to put your seat belt and this this is one of these budgie jump moments you just ride it: brian let me come back to you. the difference where the white house is and john boehner is not that great in the context of a ten-year time frame. what are we fighting over? >> we're fighting over where to take that money from and when to do it. everything specific comes up out of
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Dec 10, 2012 5:00pm PST
renewables in the system, and it will put us on the trajectory towards much more clean energy in the u.s. >> eliot: take from this an enormous range of options for the president. i want to touch on one or two other areas in a moment, but the media focuses so much on congress and the dynamics between the president and congress. the public seems to think that's all that goes on. as you said at the top of the segment, the power of the presidency is so much more expansive than what people see if you merely watch capitol hill. >> i think i was somewhat critical of the white house structure in the first term because i think that they really told the story and defined the presidency almost like the president was the prime minister, that his relationship with the american public was completely set through the lens of dealing with the congress. i think there is so much more to the presidency. take healthcare. you know, he put so much energy into passing the affordable care act, but now the real work gets done. putting in place the state exchanges, the federal exchange, moving the delivery system
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Dec 13, 2012 5:00pm PST
just a couple of days ago that was published on bloomberg. first sentence was the u.s. is holding a debate critical to its future, whether it is a tax redistribute and consume income that would otherwise be invested. i disagree with that statement. that premise. please explain why the trade-off is being made. do it quickly because i want him to respond. >> the top 5 pg&e of households save about 40% of their income. and so that's really the income that would be invested so when you tax that -- those households, you're really taxing the households that produce the equity, invest the equity and hold the equity in our economy. that underwrites the risk. that is one of two binding constraints on our economy. >> eliot: before jeff i give him his moment, the reason i disagree is there are trillions of dollars of capital signature on the sidelines not being allocated and not being allocated for a host of reasons primarily a demand crisis and the government given the deficit, spends it. in consumption and its own
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Dec 6, 2012 5:00pm PST
of 2014 when the u.s. led coalition forces of set to leave afghanistan. barbara lee delivered the sole vote against the afghanistan war in 2001 and is now spearheading bipartisan efforts to bring the troops home faster. >> congresswoman, thank you for joining us. you have and many colleagues put out a statement about the need for us to pull our troops home from afghanistan quickly. that explain why and what you think we've accomplished or not in that endeavor. >> absolutely. with when we look a what our brave young men and women have accomplished, they have done their job well. we have written with the president and want to work with the president to make sure the 2014 deadline is quicker. we want to see our young men and women come home on that an accelerated, expedited plan add safely and orderly as possible. we have signatures urging the president now to consider an expedited and accelerated withdrawal. there's no military solution in afghanistan. everyone knows that. the american people are way out in front of where members of congress are. 70% of the american people want this over
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Dec 12, 2012 2:00am PST
. joining me now is michigan state representative and minority leader and former u.s. congressman from michigan mark shower who served in the michigan state legislature for 12 years. thank you both for joining us. >> you're welcome. >> my pleasure. >> eliot: mark, let me begin with you. how could this happen in michigan? this is the bluest state we get. union movement has deep roots a deep history. what explains the dynamic that suddenly a right-to-work law a label i reject, how could this law pass in michigan? >> the irony is yesterday chrysler announced $120 million investment in michigan. 115 new jobs. michigan has helped lead the economic comeback for this country in part because of historic collective bargaining agreements between the detroit three and the united autoworkers. we have a labor management partnership that works. this, as you said was about politics. it was about gutting organized labor and the irony is i work for a labor management fund connected with a laborer's union and we invest almost $5 mil
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Dec 13, 2012 2:00am PST
by the u.s. is a major step forward for the syrian rebels even though the president was quick to say they do not support the chaos in the country. >> there is a small element of those who oppose the assad regime that are, in fact, affiliated with al-qaeda and iraq, and we have designated them as a terrorist organization. >> joining me now to help us understand what this means in syria and the larger context of the middle east, from the hoover institution, one of the most astute observers of middle eastern politics. thank you for joining us. >> thank you very much, governor. >> eliot: is this recognition by president obama too little too late or appropriately calibrated calibrated. >> you stole my line. it's too little, too late. it doesn't matter what the obama administration is doing. we waited 21 months. 40,000 syrians were killed. thousands of syrian versus fled to turkey, iraq and jordan. many are refugees. the city has been completely leveled to the ground, and now we come, we offer this recognition, it's very lame. >> eliot: will we be in position to affect the outcome. let me
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Dec 19, 2012 2:00am PST
. today the brady campaign to prevent gun violence held a press conference in front of the u.s. capitol featuring families whose lives have been affected by gun violence in an effort to make the emotional case for gun control. one of the speakers was a father whose son was in the hallway of sandy hook when the shooting began and was fortunately saved by heroic teacher. >> i'm andre i'm father of bear nikachuk, my son miraculously survived the shooting. every time something like columbine, virginia tech or aurora are happening i would avert my eyes and i will still think something will be done. but all those beliefs were shattered on friday. let's stop these partisan division. it is not a partisan issue. it is an issue of safety of our children. >> eliot: echoing that powerful sentiment in an op-ed today, representative sheila jackson lee wrote that congress needs to pass stricter gun laws immediately, writing and i quote... >> eliot: for more, i'm joined by congresswoman sheila jackson lee, democrat of texas. th
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Dec 21, 2012 2:00am PST
: findings make three things absolutely clear about the deadly september 11th attack on the u.s. diplomatic mission in benghazi, libya, that left four americans dead. one, conservative conspiracies alleging a cover-up are pure fiction. two, diplomatic security funding provided by congress was grossly inadequate and three there is no evidence to suggest that u.n. ambassador susan rice did anything at all wrong. joining me now to discuss the real challenges of foreign diplomacy is the ever wise p.j. crowley, professor at george washington university and a former assistant secretary of state for public affairs for president obama. sir, you have watched -- the hearings today in congress where senator kerry presided over report. seemed a little bit like a dog and pony show where you know, fingers were being pointed everywhere but where they should be. am i wrong about that? >> there's a lot of responsibility to go around. obviously there were miscalculations made within the state department. they did not see the level of t
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